Pirates Add Four to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Ike Davis
Nov20

Pirates Add Four to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Ike Davis

Today is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. Yesterday I wrote about the protection process, along with who should be protected this year. The Pirates have until 11:59 PM EST tonight to set their rosters. In previous years, the official announcements have come anywhere from 1 PM to after 9 PM. Usually by this point, the players who will be protected have been notified...

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Pirates Claim Pedro Florimon From the Nationals
Nov20

Pirates Claim Pedro Florimon From the Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Pedro Florimon from the Washington Nationals, per the Nationals ( via MLBTR). Florimon has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, posting a .565 OPS while playing shortstop. He’s got great fielding numbers, with a 3.8 UZR/150 in his career, and a positive trend. Here are his UZR/150 numbers over the last four years. 2011: -49.4 in 18.2 innings 2012: -8.9 in 367 innings 2013: 4.5...

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Mixed Reports on the Pirates Signing Radhames Liz
Nov19

Mixed Reports on the Pirates Signing Radhames Liz

UPDATE 3:30 PM: A source outside of the Pirates’ organization, who is currently in the Dominican Republic, says that there are no mixed reports down there about the Pirates signing Liz. Every report out of the Dominican Republic has Liz signing with the Pirates. I also received word from a reliable source that he is flying into Pittsburgh tonight, so the possible reason we aren’t hearing confirmation is that the contract...

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Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings
Nov18

Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced ten minor league free agent signings. The following six players will receive an invitation to Spring Training. RHP Collin Balester LHP Jeremy Bleich RHP Deolis Guerra RHP Brad Lincoln INF Gustavo Nunez RHP Blake Wood We heard about Lincoln today, and Balester has been known for a while. He spent the 2014 season rehabbing in the Pirates’ farm system. He’s had some time in the majors, putting...

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Pirates Sign Brad Lincoln
Nov18

Pirates Sign Brad Lincoln

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln to a minor league contract. Lincoln was the Pirates first round draft pick in 2006, taken fourth overall. He was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for Travis Snider at the 2012 trade deadline. Lincoln pitched in the Phillies organization this year, making two relief appearances in the majors. He allowed three runs over 2.1 innings. He spent the rest of the season at AAA...

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Pirates Sign A.J. Burnett to One-Year Deal
Nov14

Pirates Sign A.J. Burnett to One-Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal for $8.5 M. The 37-year-old righty pitched for the Pirates from 2012-13, before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies last year. Both Burnett and the Phillies declined their mutual option for 2015 this off-season. Burnett made 34 starts for the Phillies and posted a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 213.2 innings. He had 190...

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